•  Adapted Physical Education

    is an instructional program within the continuum of physical education options, which is taught by a credentialed APE teacher.



  • In Adapted P.E.

    Collaboration: Team members collaborate to provide an integrated and consistent program for students with disabilities.
    Instruction:  Utilizes all domains of learning with an emphasis on the psychomotor area
    Safety and Success:  APE provides support for learning and performing psychomotor skills so that students with disabilities can more fully, and safely participate in movement programs, recreation, sport and physical fitness activities with non-disabled peers.

    Sample Adaptations

    • Formation (including space, placement within group, and boundaries of activity)
    • Change form or language used
    • Equipment
    • Task or objective (alter skill level to be taught or practiced during lesson)
    • Environment including social environment
    • Players (number, groupings of individuals or organize class into stations)
    • Rules (including game rules and class rules)
    • Time
    • Prompts and Cues

  •  Research Based Benefits of Physical Education

    • Increased muscle strength

    • Stimulation of bone growth

    • Cardiovascular fitness

    • Range of motion (flexibility)

    • Increased academic performance

    • Better reaction time

    • Facilitates brain stimulation

    • Quality physical education programs provide opportunities for students to attain movement skills and knowledge that can be applied to physical activities across their lifespan.


    California Code of APE Regulations:
    Title 5, section 3051.5
    “Adapted physical education is for individuals with exceptional needs who require developmental or corrective instruction and who are precluded from participation in the activities of the general physical education program, modified general physical education program, or in a specially designed physical education program in a special class.  Consultative services may be provided to pupils, parents, teaches, or other school personnel for the purpose of identifying supplementary aids and services or modifications necessary for successful participation in the regular physical education program or specially designed physical education programs.”